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Yuko Shimizu’s science fiction illustrations may blow your mind

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Yuko Shimizu recently posted a gallery of amazing science fiction-style art at the portfolio site Behance. A couple were covers for the Vertigo series The Unwritten, but most consisted of book covers and illustrations that were too good not to share. Shimizu posts pictures of the unadorned illustrations beside shots of the images out in the wild, for context. As well as being a great illustrator, she’s an extremely talented designer.

My personal favorite after the jump may well be the Robert Crumb-referencing piece for a Fused TV magazine ad: Keep on space truckin’, indeed.


Beauty Belongs To The Flowers, a sci fi novella by Matthew Sanborn Smith, published on Art direction: Irene Gallo.


The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente, soon to be published from Viz Media’s inprint HAIKASORU. Art direction: Nick Mamatas, design: Fawn Lau.


The Future is Japanese an anthology of Japanese themed SciFi short stories, published from Viz Media’s inprint Haikasoru. Art direction: Nick Mamatas.


Originally commissioned by NPR for a calendar image, later used for FUSE TV advertising and posters.


Genesis by Bernard Beckett published by Rizzoli Romanzo of Italy. Art direction: Mucca Design, Hana Anouk Nakamura.


Neil Gaiman’s short stories Fragile Things cover (and Neil Gaiman portrait) published by Harper. Originally commissioned by New York Times Book Review, art direction, Nicholas Blechman.


Steampunk! anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant from Candlewick Press
art direction: Nathan Pyritz.


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When The Unwritten first debuted, I remembered wondering how long she’d be able to keep up the innovation and originality. I fully expected her to be gone by the end of the first arc.

I was so, so wrong to doubt her.

Even in its twilight, Vertigo deserves credit for keeping her and Joao Ruas churning out breathtaking work on a monthly basis.

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